Meet our Fall 2021 Academic Assistants!

Posted on October 4th, 2021 by

Gustavus Library is pleased to welcome two academic assistants this Fall semester, Vanessa Kiriago ’22 and Madelyn Hessian ’23!

Already Vanessa and Maddie have made an impact by assisting Gustavus Library’s Outreach and Promotion Committee (O&P) with producing the fantastic social media content you’ve been enjoying, and in the meantime gaining experience in creating content, increasing our number of followers, helping to develop our calendar/schedule of events, and helping us analyze our overall outreach & promotion efforts.

Since we know you’re curious about the faces behind the tweets, we decided to interview Vanessa and Maddie so our followers can get to know them better.

Vanessa

Where are you from? If someone visited your hometown, what local spots would you suggest?

I’m originally from Kenya but I live in Shakopee. If someone visited my hometown I’d suggest they visit the Valley Fair and Mystic Lake Casino.

What’s your best tip for new Gusties?

My best tip for new Gusties is to come in with an open mind, and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace new learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

What’s your favorite social media app?

Instagram

Coffee or tea?

Tea

What’s the best place to hang out on campus (other than the library)?

Anderson or the Arb when it’s warm outside.

What’s a movie or book that you’ve read/watched recently you would recommend?

The John Wick series

What’s your favorite dessert?

Chocolate or red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream

Madelyn

Where are you from? If someone visited your hometown, what local spots would you suggest?

I am from Northfield, MN. For visitors to Northfield, I would suggest walking around our lovely downtown area and getting a sandwich and some ice cream at Hogan Brothers!

What’s your best tip for new Gusties?

I would tell new Gusties to take advantage of all the wonderful resources on campus available to them, and get involved with organizations they are passionate about! Also visit the library!

What’s your favorite social media app?

I’m not a huge user of social media in general, but if I had to pick I would say Snapchat is my favorite.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

What’s the best place to hang out on campus (other than the library)?

I love spending time in the Courtyard Cafe.

What’s a movie or book that you’ve read/watched recently you would recommend?

One book I read recently that I really enjoyed was Recursion by Blake Crouch.

What’s your favorite dessert?

My favorite dessert is chocolate covered strawberries!

 

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